Sunday, January 25, 2009

My Sister Amber

Today at church a friend told me that she was grateful for a comment that I had made when learning she had been having a hard time since her sister moved away. This made me think more about my sister Amber who is my bestest and dearest friend. I will start by saying that YES it is extremely difficult to have her live so far away. We have gotten quite used to it and every time she comes to town it is a given that she stays with me and even our mom has a hard time with it. I cannot explain the connection that my sister and I have, it is strong and we most of all understand each other and don't judge; she has shown me Christlike love. It is funny because our relationship wasn't always like this, but quite the opposite growing up and now we just sit back and kinda laugh about it. She is my older sister and I always looked up to her and took her clothes, things like that. She is a wonderful sister and I couldn't have asked for a better one. I love you Amber! xoxoxo

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm Bugg'in

Eve checked out this book from the library and I had this weird hesitation when she got it and that normally never happens. Well it's been a good couple weeks and we had the book all stacked up to go back by the stairs and I forgot to take them. I came home Monday night after work and they were not in the stack anymore...I cannot find one anywhere and it is driving me BONKERS!! I do not understand how a large book can simply disappear????? What's up with that? I am so frustrated I called the school to see if she turned it in there and no luck! I am at a loss, I know it's just a book, but SERIOUSLY....where the heck is it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Movie Mania Meets Me

So, I decided to buy clothing that reminded me of my favorite movies. just for fun. It is something that is a little weird but explains me to a "T". I did go on a little bit of a shopping spree because most of my clothes did not fit me. So I thought.. "out with the old and in with the new" and I definitely don't plan on getting bigger. I got birthday money and a gift certificate so off I went. All my coats we larges and I was swimming in them so I had to get new ones. I got myself a Columbia jacket for Christmas already and was saving the rest for this month when everything went on sale. That is the main good reason for having a birthday in January, ha,ha.

I have to say I love Khols and I can only allow myself to go in there on rare occasion and with purpose or else I loose all control. I have their card and pay it off before it accrues so that I can save $. I got a flier from them for an extra 30% off!!!!! NICE! That is how I got those shoes and the satin coat. I am a frugal person when it comes to shopping cause they are just clothes, even though they bring me such sweet bliss, it is not worth paying too much; then it ruins it!

We went to Woodburn Company stores for our family day yesterday and spent a couple hours there and ate lunch. It was fun, but they did not have very much stuff that I liked so that was a bummer, oh well! Then I stopped by a Ross in Tigard on the way home.

I did end up finding some great stuff with spectacular prices. I am quite excited. When I was out shopping I thought how fun it was buying the shoes and how they reminded me of Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, yadda, yadda, yadda, and so forth, that I looked for stuff that reminded me of my favorite shows.

I got..... a short black cape jacket that reminded me of The Wizard of Oz ( I had also gotten a frilly-ish EMERALD green shirt) that would be perfect for going to see WICKED. The jacket is cute, it kinda reminds me of the gate keeper in the Emerald City.

Next I got a short jacket that totally looks like the outfit Maria is wearing when she is first going to see the family in the Sound of Music, you know..when she's dancing all around?.. It goes with the shoes, makes the whole outfit. Geoff said I had to get them both, he is such a metro sexual, lol.

And then I found an awesome dark brown cord jacket that has bright teal lining in the hood to make it POP! The style is very different and when I saw it I immediately thought of The Village, it kinda has that cloakish feel in a 3/4 length, so cute.

I found one more jacket/sweatshirt that has bold houndstooth, fir detailed hood and was finished with large toggle buttons, it is awesome. Very "Gwen" who looks like she stepped out of the 40's.

All of the jackets we different and that was my purpose, I didn't want to look like everyone else, and they are all so cute. I have to divulge my spectacular deal...all 4 coats for $53.96, a steal!!!! Mind you- all have oringinal tags on them most of which were $80.00-$105.00. Then I went by Khos today and found some shirts and a purse, I have been searching for one for a while. I happend to see one that was the same bright teal as my new jacket to match. It was just what I was looking for....something with sassiness and easy to wipe off with kids and it even has enough room to throw a diaper and some wipes or toys in. I have had quite "the fun".

Friday, January 16, 2009



These shoes are quite spectacular. They have a special 1940's appeal with the diamond plaiding and all, also who does not like bows...really!

These are "HOT", it is just plain and simple. OOOOOHH..CALIENTE' "!!!
WATCH OUT! Sexy HOT MAMA on the loose! (good thing I love my husband to bits) lol

Very stylish I must say. Classic and yet still bold.

These shoes are "shabby chic", very 1940's as well, but with a more modest heel for the everyday working woman.

These are amazing!! I absolutely LOVE the gray color mixed with patent effect as well as fabric. I call them my Mary Poppins shoes and they are so fun!!!!

White is always a necessity and with the wood tone, making it visually stunning together. These shoes are also modest, but they have a flirtatious vibe to them which makes them alluring.

I know this is not a picture of shoes, but alas, I unfortunately have the most popular size shoe which limited my spending spree. I had another pair picked out that were black and white and extremely fantabulous, but "tear, sniff, sniff" I could not find my size, I was quite heart broken.
Oh, is done and gone and I must move on with my life and so it is. "tear, sniff, sniff"
I did however find this fancy, shmancy black satin coat that is "TO DIE FOR". Geoff approved.

Jackson likes it as well, and if he approves I approve!

It is quite lovely with a diagonal pleading down the lower backside that is flattering and I need all the help I can get with that one.
As ELOISE would say, " I love, love, love this coat"!

I hope you enjoyed my birthday as much as I did....he,he,he.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

At School With Eve

I surprised Eve at school last week for lunch. The kids had their gingerbread house day so Eve knew I was coming already, but she didn't know for lunch. It was a fun surprise, she was very happy and we had a good time. I think I will do this more often cause she likes the mommy and me time and she doesn't get much nowadays.

Eve and Lily
Eve, Lily,? and Sophia

That's my girl!!

Eve is quite the athlete.
Eve got a double frosting container and used the whole thing, she had a blast. She's a sneaky candy eater too!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Here Comes 2009!!


It has been very busy around here with the hustle and bustle of things; so to catch up this is what has been going on... Manti is now 13 1/2 months old. I just celebrated my 10th anniversary at Outback this month and was given a pin that is considered fine jewelry... with gold and precious jewels on it, which I will never wear. We had a major snow storm which most people heard about. Geoff has luckily been able to pick up some overtime at work, so we are thankful for that. Geoff got an early Christmas present..a new LCD BIG SCREEN TV, ours just "happened" to end up being defective, ha,ha- no it really was, that's the funny part. My sister Amber and her 10 month old Emily came for almost 2 weeks to spend Christmas with us because her husband usually gets to work a lot during the Holidays, anyway they decided to come home for the first time and not spend it alone. Unfortunately 2 days after she got here she got the stomach flew from other family and it spiraled out of control from there;) let's just say it wasn't pretty. I am however, thankful to a degree for getting sick because I didn't get the opportunity to put on that normal Holiday weight that seems to creep up. We are winding down listening to the Prophet and leaders of the church by trying to get out of debt; so we got rid of the Honda at the end of the December (hence the van) and I am happy to say that we are down to 2 cars, meaning.... 2 cars on insurance and only 1 car payment....YES!!!! I have a very strong feeling that this will be a good year and we will be growing a lot as a family and NO I am not pregnant ( Eve will be turning 8!!!). Eve is now graduated from Junior Primary at church and is now in sad and Jackson is in CTR 5- we are so sad that he is leaving the Johnsons. My kids need to stop growing!! There is much to look forward to this year and I am excited to get to it. I do have good news, in March we will be going to see WICKED the musical.. I am ecstatic!!!! We are prepping ourselves with the CD daily and learning all the words to the songs, Eve is already addicted and is trying to talk Geoff out of going. Good luck with that honey.

Emily and Manti. A couple of bath buddies.
Oh, Emily you crack me up!
Your sitting on my soap...
Fancy a soak in the tub?
Aunt Amber playing with Eve and Jackson in the snow. Hey! the deck works. Amber seeing sunlight after hurling her guts out for 2 days. YUCK!
It was a pretty small snowman, but they made one and that's all that counts.
Make sure that snow is white!!
I'm NOT coming out there! I was still sick.
This was so crazy insane.
I could not imagine doing this everyday. It took me an hour and a half to shovel off the snow on the drive way one night and then I had to do it the next night for 45 mins.
He likes to twirl, Geoff's not too happy about that.
We thought we had problems with Jackson's balance before....adding snow makes it a million times worse. Good thing most of it's soft.
I would not EVER normally subject others to see me without makeup, but I thought this wise to put up as a DO NOT DO for husbands....GEOFF!!! He really thought it was funny. Poor Manti couldn't even see after the flash. I was about to sock him. Geoff got us all up on Christmas morning, like a kid I tell you.
They were soooo excited; as you can tell. lol
With you're face all scrunched.
Here is cousin Emily. She is quite cute, but man! that kid can poop!! I swear I just changed you! lol What's that smell?
There is my CUTENESS. He is so lazy though, it really is developing into such a problem...not holding bottles, not wanting to drink from cups, choosing not to walk...Oh! he's walking...a step 1,2,3, and he sits down. YOU MANTI!!
So adorable and so cuddly. As if to say "hold me".
Getting ready to open presents on Christmas morning.
Everything is a pose with Jackson, I give up!
Like mother, like daughter. ha,ha. Typically she's a morning person, but not this morning.
Emily, Jackson, Manti and Eve.
I got a glimpse of what it would be like with four, but it was more like.... Amber got a glimpse of what it would like with four. YIKES! Going from one to four is a HUGE difference.
Stockings were done at an unusually later time than normal; THANK GOODNESS!
Books for Manti.He just had his birthday...what's the point? He's only one.
We have accumulated quite the Mr. Potato Head collection, so pirate set it was.We love pirates, Jack Sparrow is Geoff's second favorite boyfriend. he,he
Jackson decided that he was not so into Planet Heroes and he would expand his horizons to bigger, better and older things like HOT WHEELS.
When we sat down with our Christmas wish list Eve made it very clear that it was Littlest Pet Shop, that is the thing. I've liked them since they came out so I was way OK for that, actually I was happy cause they are small and soooo flipp'in cute. I WANT THEM ALL!! It was funny cause Amber said she liked them for herself as well. Eve got a bunch 2 years ago, but then only played with them a little, but now I am happy that she appreciates what she has. It's like she has a whole town placed around her area rug in her room.
We are BIG fans of Dr. Suess at this household. Heck! He changed Eve's life, he taught her how to read. ( It was so cute, I overheard Eve talking to Jackson one day and saying those exact words) Mind you, in a very dramatic tone.
This has become a tradition, chocolate bars from Santa. I think they were gone by the next day, I think I had a bite of one. My man likes the sweets.
Emily's first Christmas, she looked up like..can I open this and not get in trouble?
She was so excited to get her small Jansport backpackwith cute hearts on it; I couldn't resist..maybe that's why I keep having boys. he,he.
I know you don't have this, JEALOUS?????!!!!! ( it plays the song and everything) dum, da, da, dum, dum, dumm, dumm, da,da da , dumm, da da da.
More pets was the focus, there are just so many. They even have special edition and themed ones like..sporty, fancy, punky, etc. Hold me back!
Manti got a Polar Bear big book so he can learn all about the Arctic animals. He needs to know all of his species. lol...get it ...TIGER?
Such a manly pose. Geoff your only feeding it by buying all those musicals lately.
Manti had more fun with all the plastic junk from the toy containers.
Amber did good by getting Geoff a Garcia tie, his favorite and in TIGER colors too!! We think it's so funny that people didn't realize that that is what Manti's nickname is, we only decided it before birth, it just fit.
Amber got Manti a neat xylophone bath toy which he loved.
The theme for the Hot Wheels was SPOOKEY. He loves Scooby Doo so I had to get it, there was also a haunted pack. He also LOVES " mummies " and " skelly bones " too and I happend to find Matchbox stuff like that where the lights in the mummy's eyes light up and the mouth does too in the skeleton's mouth; anyway it was a BIG HIT!!
Another book we actually forgot from his birthday, It makes me tear up. It is called " On the Night You Were Born" and talks about how special and loved you are.

Overall it was a very good Christmas and eventful with all the crazy snow commotion going on. Most of all it was nice to spend time with my sister Amber and her baby, when we weren't sick that is.